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Manlio Castillo Rios, STEM Coach

Manlio Castillo Rios was born in Monterrey, Mexico and at the age of 13 his family moved to Texas.  It was there where he graduated from high school and went on to study Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas.  During his junior year of college, Manlio studied abroad at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM).  After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he continued his studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, obtaining a Master’s Degree. 

Since graduating, Manlio worked with The Boeing Company and for Hewlett-Packard for eight years.  Currently, he is the STEM Coach for Clark and Cowlitz counties, managing the Opportunity Internship Program and the Advanced Placement Mentoring Program. He is married and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, as well as photography and soccer.
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Rachael Baker, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Rachael Baker graduated from Western Washington University earning a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as minors in English and Linguistics in hopes of becoming a Speech Language Pathologist.  She has enjoyed learning about the specifics of speech and hearing mechanisms the last four years in college and is now excited to pass on her knowledge in the science field through the STEM program.   

Deeply passionate about serving her community, Rachael offers her time to various volunteer opportunities.  For the last three years, Rachael visited and spent time with the elderly community at assisted living housing.  Though Rachael has a soft spot for the senior population, she also has spent two summers as a camp counselor educating and positively influencing children and youth.  In addition to serving locally, Rachael recently traveled to Guatemala on a faculty-led study abroad program with her university.  There, she assisted in education at a local school in Antigua, Guatemala as well as cared for malnourished infants at a nursery.  

Rachael is looking forward to continue working with young and older youth to encourage success in their education.  Rachael is also proud to continue to serve as an AmeriCorps member with nConnect this year.

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Carissa Callison, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Raised in Washougal, WA, Carissa left Washington to attend the University of Montana Western. She graduated with honors with a bachelors in biology that included an equine science related area. During the last two years of college Carissa served as the UMW Biology Club president. Her time as president provided her with invaluable experience in organizing events, leadership, and raising interest in science-related activities and careers. Carissa previously served with Montana Campus Compact during the 2011-12 school year. She had the opportunity to work with two organizations during her term.  The first, Big Hole River Foundation, she assisted with their benthic macroinvertebrate study.  The second, Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam, she worked mainly on surveying and controlling Japanese Knotweed.  

In her spare time Carissa rides horses and has competed at both the high school and collegiate level. At the collegiate level she was a regional champion in 2012 and went on to compete and place at Semi-finals. As an AmeriCorps volunteer Carissa is looking forward to utilizing her wide variety of science experience to assist students and bring a real-world connection with STEM to the classroom.

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During the journey from Russia to the United States, Maria’s parents stopped at Rome, Italy, where Maria was born. After a couple of months in Rome, Maria came to Washougal, WA where she grew up and graduated from Washougal High School in 2007. During her senior year of high school, Maria attended the Clark Country Skills Center and obtained nursing assistant training. Wanting to continue further in a career in health care, Maria attended Washington State University - Vancouver graduating with a B.S. in Biology in the fall of 2011. Since graduating, Maria had an internship as a Research Assistant at WSUV and she also obtained certification as a Pharmacy Technician.  She has also enjoyed using her skills volunteering at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington.

Maria is now privileged to serve with AmeriCorps where she is exploring a career in education. Maria finds working with young students rewarding. She also enjoys taking runs and playing tennis.

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